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Conveyancing in Tilbury Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/07/17

Tilbury area information

Orsett Essex Windmill, Tillbury Fort English Heritage and East Tilbury Coalhouse Fort Historic Building are situated in Tilbury.

The nearest airport to Tilbury is Rochester, Maidstone Rd Airport (10 miles). London City Airport is 14 miles, London Heliport Airport is 24 miles, London Airport is 17 miles, Rochester Airport is 11 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 17 miles away and the closest station to Tilbury is Tilbury Town, approximately 1 mile away.

The most convenient hospital to Tilbury is Gravesham Community.

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How do we get fixed rate conveyancing?

A.

Many online and high street firms promote cheap conveyancing. Unfortunately additional fees can inflate the final invoice. Your quote should also clearly state any disbursements.Our quotes clearly state the solicitors' fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

Q.

What is the council tax on a residential mid-terrace home in Tilbury?

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More often than not the report on title will provide the relevant Thurrock council tax band. The correct rates for properties in Tilbury are set out online at the Thurrock council website. At the time of writing, 04/10/2012, band rates are:

  • Band A - £871.00
  • Band B - £1,016.00
  • Band C - £1,161.00
  • Band D - £1,306.00
  • Band E - £1,596.00
  • Band F - £1,886.00
  • Band G - £2,177.00
  • Band H - £2,612.00

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We are intending to buy a house in Layer Breton. Will a chancel search be required?

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Your conveyancing lawyer should confirm that a chancel search be ordered. Although some Parochial Church Councils have determined to impose chancel repairs on the

current owners of land subject to chancel liability, there is no way to be certain that a parish which has not imposed liability will not continue to be so, so the solicitor will be unable to make any guarantees, and will recommend insurance.

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When buying a 1930s house in one of the Tilbury conservation area, how do I find more information on the state of upkeep of the Tilbury conservation area?

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Conservation areas are nominated by the local authority (Thurrock) who preside over everything from area development to the thwarting of poorly maintained roads.

English Heritage, a government body, keep records in relation to the state of conservation areas in Tilbury and across England as well as the exposure to a decline in standards.

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What can fees for the searches come to?

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With a Homeward Legal conveyancing solicitor, you are charged at most £249 for a standard search bundle. Searches are paid to a third party, and are charged 'at cost'.

Q.

Please advise how to hold off paying out for stamp duty?

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We do not recommend clients risk any form of stamp duty scheme. Such schemes are costly and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later meaning that the full stamp duty amount will be payable.

Q.

How much time can the legal work to transact a property usually take? We have a buyer ready.

A.

The number of weeks required to transact residential property is not wholly predictable, influenced by a range of considerations. With our property specialists, the matter is undertaken with the utmost care and speed.

Q.

Should I opt for a conveyancing solicitor suggested by my estate agent in Purfleet?

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It is commonplace for agents to suggest a conveyancing firm. These referrals must be compared with other local solicitors, or better-value firms found online, as some agents may 'recommend' the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not the law firm with the best reputation.

 
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